Note that in the thread title, the poster asks whether "lion" is a noun and then in the text, asks about "king."
Sorry, folks, that was me ~ I changed Lis's original title (which was something like Is this a noun or an adjective?) and added the wrong word.ADDED AFTER SEEING SDGRAHAM's MESSAGE: "Lion" is a noun, too. I think Little_LIS made a mistake in the thread title.
However, if it were "He is a man of means", "man" would still be a noun. This is the equivalent construction to the original poster's question.The king is definitely a noun. The king of the jungle is a noun phrase, you are probably right, but a man of means would be an adjectival phrase. I did not mix any parts of speech, by the way, only the function of the subject modyfying phrase.
12.12 attrib. passing into adj. = ‘lion-like; characteristic of a lion; strong, brave, or fierce as a lion’.
1860 Pusey Min. Proph. 266 Jonah feared not the fierceness of their lion-nature, but God's tenderness.
I'm not James, and your question is heading off-topic - but a man of means would be a noun phrase, just like the king of the jungle. The headword in a man of means is the noun "man", just as the headword in the king of the jungle is the noun "king". Perhaps you can explain why you suggested that the king of the jungle/a man of means is adjectival? That might, conceivably, help to explain LIS's teacher's mistake.Do you agree JamesM that a man of means would be an adjectival phrase, even though man is a noun?
Ah, I see the problem, Liliana....I do not agree with you, Loob, because the function of a man of means is adjectival, even though man is a noun. A man of means has the function of rich.
Of courseAre you saying, Loob that the man of means would be still considered a noun phrase although it functions as an adjective?
I'm saying that a man of means - like the king of the jungle - would always be a noun phrase.Are you saying, Loob that the man of means would be still considered a noun phrase although it functions as an adjective?
I agree, the king of the jungle is a noun phrase, a complement. Thank you.
I don't understand your comment, Liliana: it means nothing to me.What about phrasal adjective, would you consider it somehow a phrasal adjective? Yes they do talk about adjectival functions and other functions, I can assure you of that. Would you call it a noun complement, then. A subject complement, a noun phrase acting as a subject complement exactly the same as the king of the jungle? Re:29
As Loob said, an adjective phrase would have an adjective as it base:Thank you JamesM. I agree with that. The President example, and the king of the jungle are examples of noun phrases acting as subject complements. I just think the phrase a man of means has a different function than the two phrases mentioned above. The lion is a beast of the wild. What do you think about such a sentence? I did not mean anything bad here; I like lions. OT.